Your calendar is marked for June 21 – 26, 2012. You’re going to ALA Annual in Anaheim!… Now what?
Just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! There are plenty of fun things to do near Anaheim without having to break out the big bucks (sorry Disneyland!). Check out some of the free (or almost free) things to do in Orange County:
Orange County Great Park Located south of Anaheim in the city of Irvine, this park- formerly a Marine base built as a wartime air station in 1942- offers free carousel rides and hot-air balloon rides, as well as an art gallery and children’s playground.
Great Park Balloon Rides One of the largest tethered helium balloons in the U.S., this ride soars 400 feet in the air, is safe, and free!
Ride the Balboa Island Ferry Experience historic charm while enjoying the scenic crossing between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. You can ride the ferry on foot, bicycle, or in your vehicle. Prices range from free-$2.
Downtown Disney Enjoy a mini-Disney experience without having to pay the admission (or parking) fee. The Downtown Disney District features unique sights and shops.
Fullerton Arboretum A beautiful place to walk on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Please remember your sunscreen, water and hat! Check their website for hours before you go. (more…)
I’m going to have to keep this brief today, which is fitting because today is all about time. When did you last say that you had too much time on your hands? If you’re like a lot of us, you don’t remember the last time you could just sit back and relax. There’s always something else that has to be done – another program to plan, more weeding to be done, desk hours, etc. You keep putting things aside to do later, but later never comes. If you already have a fail-proof method that keeps you scheduled and on task, I’m super jealous, and please share in the comments!
I, on the other hand, tend to be really disorganized, so at the beginning of this month when I started NaNoWriMo, I had no idea how I was going to manage that on top of everything else. I had to come up with something to do differently, or else I was never going to make it. So, here are a few tips for keeping your head above water: (more…)
Title: Taptu - DJ Your News
Platform: Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Android, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (Requires iOS 4.0 or later)
How many newspapers, blogs, websites, and social networking sites did you scan today before visiting the YALSA Blog? Whether it is for reference questions, professional development, or leisure purposes, the amount of information librarians consume on a daily basis can be somewhat overwhelming. This week’s app, Taptu – DJ Your News, helps combat information-overload by “mashing, mixing, and merging” all your social networking content, favorite websites, and news sources into a visual stream that can be browsed with the sweep of a finger.
Adding your favorite news feeds and websites is a simple task. Taptu’s “StreamStore” features popular streams sorted visually and by topic (see the image at right). In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Taptu has hundreds of curated topics like “2012 Elections,” “Twilight Breaking Dawn,” (more…)
For this episode we sit down with Megan Honig, editor-in-chief for YALS, YALSA’s own quarterly journal. Megan tells us about some of the highlights of the November, 2011 issue as well as the brand new online component that will enhance the content of the print version of YALS.
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A couple of weeks ago YALSABlog readers may have noticed that the weekly Tweets of the Week had a new format. A few days after that revision there was a Blog post that used Storify (The tool also used for the Tweets of the Week) to highlight findings in a new Pew Internet and American Life report on teens and social networking. Some may wonder, “what’s going on here?” Well, what’s going on is that curation has come to the YALSABlog and curation is probably something that you are or will be thinking about for the work you do with teens.
There has been a lot of buzz about curation over the past several months. What people are talking about when they buzz about content curation is the organization of information, usually using web-based tools, on a particular topic. For example, Storify enables users to search a variety of sources, including Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Facebook, to uncover and organize topic content. With Storify it’s possible to integrate text in-between curated resources to provide context and flow to the curated content. For example, the Storify below is all about the Austin Teen Book Festival.